Monbeg Gold landed an Exeter handicap in November 2018 after being given a chance by the assessor, holding on despite idling in the latter stages, and he didn’t need to improve to follow up at Southwell four months later, running out a ten-length winner.
Upped 12lbs following those victories, he was in the process of running below form when unseating his rider at Uttoxeter in May, but he returns from an eight-month break here and could become something of a force in hunter chases. He is taken to get off the mark at the first time of asking in this sphere.
Polish finished runner-up to a potentially useful novice at Taunton last month, shaping well on his first attempt over hurdles, doing well to get involved from off the pace. That was an encouraging effort on his first outing for Fergal O’Brien and Polish, who was a fairly useful if quirky performer on the Flat, looks open to further improvement in this code.
He has the best form on offer and holds strong claims of getting off the mark over hurdles. Fitzroy, who represents the in-form Olly Murphy, appeals as the main threat having finished an encouraging third at Taunton last time.
Boy George attracted support in the market and ran up to his best when finishing third over seven furlongs at Lingfield in December, hitting the front inside the final half-furlong but proving unable to cling on.
He disappointed over a mile at the same venue last time when only sixth, but he can have a line put through that run as he was awkward upon leaving the stalls and found himself in an unpromising position. He appears to be on a fair mark and, having previously shown he has the speed to cope with this trip, he should give a good account.